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Southeast Yosemite Preview —East Bakersfield, Foothill, Garces, Highland, North

Southeast Yosemite League Season Preview in alphabetical order. Be sure to vote for the 2010 Preseason SEYL Player of the Year in the poll to the right.

Garces
2009 Record: 7-5 (4-2)
2009 Scoring: 34.4 PFpg, 25.4 PApg

Perennially-competitive Garces will look to take the next step into the Valley’s elite as they bring a talented cast back for 2010.

Junior Phillip Anspach locked down the quarterback spot and started the final six games of last season and led the Rams to a 4-2 record over that span. He also threw for nine touchdowns to just two interceptions as a sophomore.

But the Ram offense will continued to be built around the run game, as they bring back its three leading rushers in Jalen Sykes, Zack Puente and Grant Campbell. Sykes led the team with 1,322 yards, followed by Puente with 753 and Campbell with 626. Campbell was especially adept at finding the endzone with 15 touchdowns.

Defensively Campbell and Sykes were No. 1 and 2 on the team in tackles also. Linebacker Nick Vehlewald, who recorded 52 tackles, is also returning.

East Bakersfield
2009 Record: 3-7 (3-3)
2009 Scoring: 24.6 PFpg, 43.9 PApg

Despite the 3-7 record, the Blades’ offense was respectable at 24.6 points per game. This season the Blades will bring back a pair of competent receiving threats in Ryan Salinas and Akelli Holley.

The defense was clearly the problem for East Bakersfield in 2009 — giving up an astounding 43.9 points per game. Cornerback Dajon Cobb and defensive end Christian Barrios will lead the D, which will attempt to turn over a new leaf.

Foothill
2009 Record: 4-8 (2-4)
2009 Scoring: 17.3 PFpg, 26.9 PApg

Running back Fernando Leos will attempt to improve an offense that scored just 17.3 points per contest a year ago. Leos is the Trojans’ top returning rusher, with 438 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in 2009.

Junior Curtis Fainter will anchor a defensive unit that allowed 26.9 points per game last year.

Highland
2009 Record: 2-10 (0-6)
2009 Scoring: 12.8 PFpg, 31.3 PApg

2009 marked the fourth time since 2004 that Highland won two or less games, as it went 2-10.

The Scot offense will bring back a quarterback with varsity experience, in Mat Prasser, who threw for 892 yards and five touchdowns last year. But he will go into 2010 with an almost entirely new receiving corp. Carlos Chavez is the only player returning that received for 100+ yards (10 catches for 111 yards).

Linebackers Larry Solomon and Zach Pasqua will lead a defense looking to tighten up, after giving up 31.3 points per game last year.

North
2009 Record: 2-8 (0-6)
2009 Scoring: 16.1 PFpg, 28.5 PApg

If last season’s offense is any indication what to expect in 2010, Dontay Carrillo will lead a predominantly new stable of running backs, who will each get a lot of touches. Last year Carrillo was the Stars’ fourth leading rusher with 355 yards and three touchdowns.

The defense was far from the worst in the Valley, but they will still need to improve, after giving up 28.5 points per game last year.

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